Bollywood party at Dekalb Market celebrates India and Pakistan

India and Pakistan come together — to party

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The song “Why can’t we be friends?” isn’t on the play list, but the tune might as be the mantra behind a joint birthday party celebrating Pakistan and India — bordering nations with concurrent independence days and decades of strained relations.

Dekalb Market will host a Bollywood-inspired electro-dance party that doubles as a belated birthday Aug. 18 bash for Pakistan and India, honoring the nations’ 65th year of independence from British rule on Aug. 14 and 15, respectively.

Party planners say music and dancing are the perfect ways for Indian- and Pakistani-Americans living in Brooklyn to move beyond the political strife that separates the two countries.

“Indians and Pakistanis have their differences, but when it comes to music and pop culture they really have shared interests,” said Atif Toor, the Pakistani-born founder of Sholay Productions, which has been throwing the parties in Manhattan for ten years, but only recently arrived in the Brooklyn nightlife scene.

And national borders aren’t the only boundaries that their parties transcend — the celebrations welcome the borough’s gay community, a group that is often disenfranchised in India and Pakistan.

“It’s just been a great place for support for people who come to the parties,” said Ashu Rai, who is a co-founder of the company and has been DJing the parties for 10 years. “I’ve heard from a lot of people that they grew up feeling isolated and this gives everyone from different kinds of backgrounds a place to come together.”

Bollywood party at DeKalb Market [38 Willoughby St. at Flatbush Avenue Extension in Downtown, (212) 529-9262] Aug. 18 at 6 pm. $10.

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at
Updated 10:17 am, August 15, 2012
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Reasonable discourse

John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
I'm sorry, but this has bad news written all over it, I'm afraid to say. Having said that, I do wish them the very best of luck.
Aug. 15, 2012, 4:18 pm
JAY from PSLOPE says:
so will they be serving booze?
Aug. 15, 2012, 8:06 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
I'm afraid that yes, JAY, there will be "booze". I can only pray that things don't get out of hand.
Aug. 16, 2012, 11:24 am
pete from Park Slope says:

John it's a GREAT idea.
I hope they have a GREAT party!
Aug. 18, 2012, 5:23 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
i guess the real fight is who bones who first and gets bragging rights -
Aug. 20, 2012, 10:01 pm

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